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Not updated in a while (again). This is due to IRL stuff and various appointments. However, I now have some ideas with which to eventually kickstart the Froakie article. I shall make a list for posting tomorrow (or ASAP, whichever comes first). (The list will be posted before any draft of the article. You might be surprised with what I come up with)
@SpinAttaxx Loving the Cosmog article! A minor thing: The plural of "nebula" is either "nebulas" or "nebulae" (the latter sounding more scientific IMO)
Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 11th 2018 at 1:15:08 PM
Here are my ideas for the article. I need help adding to and refining them to work them into a draft article (do not link this post from the front page, as I will do that for the actual draft)
Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 12th 2018 at 5:45:39 PM
Kermit the Frogadir.
Oh boy, Battle Bond. Here's my interpretation/head-canon. Feel free to take ideas.
Battle Bond AKA Bond Phenomenon
A rare ability found in Pokémon that is not fully understood. Pokémon with this ability can access a power equivalent of Mega Evolution. Some might say it's a natural Mega Evolution, one that does not require Mega Stones or Keystones to bring out its potential. To activate Battle Bond, the trainer and Pokémon must be in perfect sync with one another (partial in-sync only results in an incomplete Battle Bond form). The sync energy (Aura) between the trainer and Pokémon is what draws out the Battle Bond form, and many researchers believe that studying this energy could provide new answers regarding the science and mystery of Mega Evolution.
The Bond Phenomenon is arguably more powerful than Mega Evolution, with the added benefit of the Battle Bond Pokémon not going feral or berserk. Additionally, the trainer forms a psychic link between them and their Pokémon, allowing them to see from the eyes of their Pokémon, making it easy to anticipate the moves of their opponents. The enhanced senses also allow the Pokémon to detect energy signatures that other Pokémon cannot. However, there are significant drawbacks. The psychic link is a two-way channel. If the Pokémon is hurt during battle, the trainer will feel that pain in their body. And if the trainer is hurt, so too will the Pokémon. Also, because there is no Keystone or Mega Stone involved, the trainer must have to use his or her own aura maintain the Battle Bond form. If the trainer and Pokémon are not in-sync, the energy between them becomes increasing unstable and can cause the trainer and Pokémon to faint in the process.
So far, only Greninja is known to have this strange ability. However, it is believed that other Pokémon can have this phenomenon as well, though none have been official discovered yet.
So, in regards to the name Ash-Greninjanote I will also note that there did exist an Ash-Greninja in the past long before Ash was born, according to the anime. However, Ash is the first person to rediscover this Phenomenon and the Ash-Greninja is modeled after him.; I simply ask this about the Fanon Pokédex universe:
Who is Ash in this universe?
Because everyone knows that Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) is the anime incarnation of Red himself. And thus having Ash being in the same universe as Red will only raise a lot of questions. Is Ash Ketchum another alias of Red? Is he a different person? How is he seen?
That's kind of crossing into fanfic territory a bit there, don't you think?
What is? Ash being in the Pokédex Fanon universe or the Battle Bond Phenomenon?
If it's the Battle Bond description, do note I am recollecting what I saw during the XY series and how the Battle Bond was portrayed in that show (such as psychic link, perfect sync, and potential drawbacks).
Edited by Shadao on Dec 12th 2018 at 5:50:11 AM
Pondering where ash fits in.
Well, this is Fanon writing a fictional encyclopedia of the Pokémon world. As for Ash himself, I notice that the Pokédex Fanon Edition articles tend to avoid naming him, only alluding to his presence in reference to the anime. But I do notice that Red is mentioned in the Viridian City article several times. It makes me wonder why does the Fanon entries never refer to Ash by name. Is it to make it ambiguous as to whether or not he and Red are the same person in the Fanon universe? Or is it to incorporate many anime events and episodes without actually canonizing Ash into the universe?
Either way, this leads to the naming of Ash-Greninja, which pretty much brings Ash Ketchum to the forefront as the name Ash (Satoshi) had to come from somewhere. No amount of ambiguity can hide this Phanpy in the room. It has to be addressed, but how? Which is why I asked since I am not as familiar with the Fanon Pokédex universe project as many of you are here.
Well, the only things I've seen are alto mare and the New Tork incident.
In the Gym article, there was an example of a fake Gym in Sinnoh that was implied to be run by the Team Rocket trio, and that they were trying to catch Pikachu. In the Ho-Oh entry, there was an account where a trainer saw Ho-Oh with golden feathers, an obvious allusion to the first episode of Pokémon. Then there's Mewtwo's entry, which talks about a trainer sacrificing himself to stop Mewtwo and Mew fighting. It's implied but never proven that the trainer in question was Ash.
I also noticed that Red's surname is redacted in the Viridian City article. I wonder why is that.
Cause we don't know it and as much as this is fanon it's not likely we'll be able to come up with a last name we can all agree on. Which is why I redacted all the last names in my Nihilego article.
Well, I think I should then change the colloquial to "Trainer Greninja" and avoid mentioning a particular name.
@Shadao I started off thinking that explanation was nice, but once it got to mentioning aura, I had to raise my eyebrow. I don't think this can be applied to real-world logic in the same sense that the rest of the information in an article can. I'd personally forego the mention of "aura" since this isn't Lucario we're talking about.
I always interpreted the Bond Phenomenon as a more feelsy thing, sort of an "I'd like to get to know my trainer better and get even closer to them" more than a form of Mega Evolution (even though I'm aware it's a temporary transformation.)
Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 13th 2018 at 2:52:41 PM
The aura aspect was something that came into mind when thinking about Ash Ketchum. He's known to have a strong aura presence that one has to wonder if there is a connection between the two. Again, I am not fully familiar with Pokédex Fanon Edition, so cut it if you must. It's merely the first draft of an observation I see in the anime.
I think it is a rather awkward name to call it Trainer-Greninja; even the name Battle-Bond Greninja sounds better than that. Additionally, Ash-Greninja is fairly known term even outside of the fandom given how much Game Freak promotes it during the heyday. It's not like Ash's Pikachu in SM where you can call it Cap Pikachu. If we're not going to directly reference Ash due to continuity issues, I don't think we should remove the name Ash-Greninja.
Now if I recall it correctly, the term "Ash-Greninja" was coined by Bonnie, Clemont's little sister, during Ash's 8th Gym Battle. We could have an allusion to that if minimizing Ash's presence is necessary. Or we could invent a new reason for where it got its name. When Greninja becomes Ash-Greninja, it grows side-burn hair along that are black like ash save for the red lightning bolts near its eyes.
The reason I was thinking about Mega Evolution is the fact that Battle Bond gives Greninja a 110 stat boost compared to 100 stat boost that Mega Evolution does. And since Greninja debuted in Kalos, it only raises questions as to whether or not there is a connection between the two. After all, in the anime, a fully-mastered Mega Evolution requires the trainer and Pokémon to be in sync as well, lest the Pokémon goes berserk and attack its own trainer.
Edited by Shadao on Dec 13th 2018 at 8:29:59 AM
That makes sense, but I'd like to apply my own explanations to it if possible. I guess my vision will be more clear when I write the actual article, but unfortunately won't be for a while, since this coming week, I have no less than 2 appointments.
Is there anyone reserving Manaphy and Phione, and if not, may I call dibs?
I'm back and ready to do my article once I receive suggestions for the social structure.
@EclipseMT currently, no. Feel free to call dibs.
Edited by AgentParadox on Dec 23rd 2018 at 3:50:18 PM
Froakie's Frubbles (aka the bubble coat on its neck) are said to be inspired by Grey Foam-Nest Tree Frogs and Túngara Frog if Bulbapedia is anything to go by. Considering that the Froakie line are based on ninjas, it would make sense if they are based on Tree Frogs.
Additionally, considering the Bond Phenomenon where Greninja takes the likeness of a trainer for its Super Mode as well as the various Ninja villages and characters in the XY anime series that frequently use Greninja, I say that their habitats and social environments are very close to human settlements.
I'm late but we could call it the Bond-Greninja (Bond Phenomenon, Bond Greninja. It works)
This is my current draft. Additions and changes welcome.
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 10th 2019 at 2:38:13 PM
I will say that there are a few additions to add. Like I said before, the Frubble seems to be inspired by Tree Frogs who lay their eggs in the foams on a tree branch rather than say rivers.
Offspring of these polyandrous encounters are more likely to survive than the eggs fertilised by a single male.
It's certainly a lot more interesting than the usual frogs in ponds and creeks even if they are more fitting for a Water Frog.
I also believe that there should be an paragraph for the anime downside of Bond Phenomenon, or at least an alleged report for it. While obviously, gameplay won't allow your trainer to faint if Greninja faints, it is a well-known aspect that anything that hurts Ash-Greninja hurts Ash himself. Thus fainting is a major issue if a trainer were to have a Battle Bond Greninja in the same manner as Ash. Which I think adds a potential risk-value that Game Freak didn't take.
I think it's fair to mention anime aspects as well as the games since the whole Ash-Greninja concept originated from XY Director Yajima and Game Freak's talk of showcasing the bond between Ash and Greninja.
Edited by Shadao on Jan 10th 2019 at 5:02:57 AM
I have added the Battle Bond downside and changed the mating habits slightly. I still think it shouldn't be directly identical to those of a real-life animal and instead should have its own spin, which I think is an important thing to consider when designing lore on any aspect of a Pokémon.
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 10th 2019 at 2:42:18 PM
I haven't started my history of the Pokemon world in the 20th century yet but I did have an idea for an event in the article:
1966: Poke Star Studios, one of the most prominent movie studios in Unova, is acquired by Engulf and Devour Corporation.
This references the real life takeover of Paramount by Gulf and Western in that same year.
Poke Star is better than Paramount, though. They seem more on par with Pokemon disney than anything. Maybe Warner Bros. if we're shooting lower.
Since the Lake Guardians seem to be free, I might call dibs on an article for those three too, if nobody objects.
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 13th 2019 at 6:13:09 PM
I have published the Froakie article with a small update. Additionally, I have made a draft of the Lake Guardians page which is still rather rough and WIP.
Sightings in Sinnoh have become rare over the past few decades, and the three have been regarded as little more than a myth. However, the three lakes said to contain the guardians have occasionally shone light into the sky and the few trainers able to visit the lakes have swore that they saw the lakes' respective legendaries. Uxie is said to reside in Lake Acuity, whereas lakes Verity and Valor are home to Mesprit and Azelf, respectively. However, Mesprit has been known not to stay at Lake Verity for very long, and has been spotted along various areas in the region, even flying over bodies of water.
Reports of sightings around Unova have surfaced in recent years, with Uxie being seen outside the Nacrene Museum, Mesprit being seen around the Celestial Tower on Route 7 and Azelf being spotted around Route 23. Although the population has often wondered how they have reached Unova, it is theorised that Route 20's Cave of Being, which scientists describe as being connected to Sinnoh, may have something to do with their sudden appearance. Reports of sightings to the east of Sootopolis City in Hoenn have also arisen, with the unnamed cavern there (nicknamed the Guardian Cavern by locals) being the supposed home. Additionally, each one has been spotted at different times of the day in Hoenn, according to the reports; Mesprit is seen during the day, Azelf can be found at night, and Uxie has only ever been spotted at twilight hours. The reason for this is not currently known, as they have all been spotted at most hours in other regions.
Edited by AgentParadox on Jan 24th 2019 at 5:15:14 PM
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